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Police say Raleigh officer-involved shooting happened after Taser didn't slow man

Onlookers gather at the corner of Haworth and Barrett drives where Raleigh police closed down a section of Barrett Drive Wednesday morning after a reported shooting in the 3800 block of Barrett Drive.
Onlookers gather at the corner of Haworth and Barrett drives where Raleigh police closed down a section of Barrett Drive Wednesday morning after a reported shooting in the 3800 block of Barrett Drive. jhansen@newsobserver.com

A Raleigh police officer shot Marcel Jordan in the chest after a blast from a Taser appeared to have no effect as he advanced on two officers wielding metal scissors, according to a five-day report issued by Police Chief C.L. Deck-Brown.

Brown’s report said the investigation into the shooting and into the crimes committed by Jordan is ongoing within the police department. The incident also is under review by the State Bureau of Investigation, as is standard any time a police officer fires his or her weapon in the line of duty.

The report recounts the Dec. 17 incident as follows:

Officers were called to the Family Preservation Services of North Carolina, a mental health treatment facility located at 3824-200 Barrett Drive, by the receptionist, who reported one of the clinic’s patients was assaulting an employee.

The reported victim met Officer S.C. Nziuki in the parking lot, and told her that Jordan had become upset, damaged property in the office, assaulted the victim, then began screaming that he was “ready to die” and was planning to “kill a cop today.” He said Jordan was still in the business, along with at least one other employee.

Officer D.M. Pietras arrived to assist, and when they entered the small waiting area, Jordan was in the hallway immediately in front of them with metal scissors in his right hand, advancing on them and screaming that he would kill them.

The receptionist, who witnessed the events, said the officers drew their guns, but backed away and repeatedly ordered Jordan to drop the scissors and get on the ground. Jordan continued to advance.

Officer D.W. Sigrist entered the room and fired a Taser, striking Jordan, but it had no apparent effect. Then Nziuki fired one shot, striking Jordan in the torso. The officers immediately called for an ambulance. Jordan was admitted to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment.

Nziuki is on administrative leave pending completion of the SBI and administrative investigations, as is standard procedure.

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